(A)The end of all things [a]is near; therefore, (B)be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of [b]prayer. Above all, (C)keep fervent in your love for one another, because (D)love covers a multitude of sins. (E)Be hospitable to one another without (F)complaint. 10 (G)As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good (H)stewards of the [c]multifaceted grace of God. 11 (I)Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking (J)actual words of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving [d](K)by the strength which God supplies; so that (L)in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, (M)to whom belongs the glory and [e]dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Share the Sufferings of Christ

12 (N)Beloved, do not be surprised at the (O)fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though something strange were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you (P)share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that at the (Q)revelation of His glory (R)you may also rejoice and be overjoyed. 14 If you are insulted [f](S)for the name of Christ, (T)you are blessed, (U)because the Spirit of glory, and of God, rests upon you. 15 Make sure that (V)none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a [g](W)troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a (X)Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to (Y)glorify God in this name. 17 For it is time for judgment (Z)to begin [h]with (AA)the household of God; and if it (AB)begins [i]with us first, what will be the outcome for those (AC)who do not obey the (AD)gospel of God? 18 (AE)And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, [j]what will become of the (AF)godless man and the sinner? 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to (AG)the will of God are to entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

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  1. 1 Peter 4:7 Lit has come near
  2. 1 Peter 4:7 Lit prayers
  3. 1 Peter 4:10 Or manifold
  4. 1 Peter 4:11 Lit from
  5. 1 Peter 4:11 Or power
  6. 1 Peter 4:14 Lit in
  7. 1 Peter 4:15 Lit one who oversees others’ affairs
  8. 1 Peter 4:17 Lit from
  9. 1 Peter 4:17 Lit from
  10. 1 Peter 4:18 Lit where will appear

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